Already closed | 1h 50m | Midtown W

Sea Wall / A Life (Broadway)

From 228 member  reviews
Members say: Great acting, Absorbing, Great writing, Thought-provoking, Intense

About the show

After a sold-out run at The Public Theater, this intimate evening of solo work starring Jake Gyllenhaal ("Sunday in the Park with George") and Tony Award nominee Tom Sturridge ("1984") comes to Broadway.  More…

Sturridge, in his third collaboration with Tony and Olivier Award winner Simon Stephens ("Heisenberg," "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time"), performs "Sea Wall," a monologue about love and the human need to know the unknowable.

Gyllenhaal continues his artistic collaboration with Olivier Award-nominated playwright Nick Payne ("Constellations," "If There Is I Haven’t Found It Yet") in "A Life," a meditation on how we say goodbye to those we love most. 

1h 50m | Already closed | Hudson Theatre (Midtown W)

Member Reviews (228)


Great acting, Absorbing, Great writing, Thought-provoking, Intense

Banal, Slow, Disappointing, Confusing

See it if You need a nap.

Don't see it if You want any sort of entertaining theatre.

Dizzying, Disappointing, Confusing

See it if very tough to follow the 1st reading and lost focus

Don't see it if very unuasual

During previews
Slow, Banal, Overrated

See it if You love monologues! It’s a master class on monologuing - that’s just not my thing!

Don't see it if It’s long and generally boring. Weak staging. Jake and Tom do decent enough - the end is painful though. Excruciatingly corny.

August 8th, 2019
CRITIC’S PICK "Quiet Tragicomedies of Love and Loss: In a tender pair of monologues, Tom Sturridge and Jake Gyllenhaal portray young fathers shaken out of complacency."
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August 8th, 2019
★★★ "Pairing two shows back-to-back sometimes brings out the best in both; sometimes, it only makes the virtues of one of them shine brighter. The latter is the case in 'Sea Wall/A Life'...Both deal with grief…But in every regard, the first of the two puts the second in the shade."
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August 8th, 2019
B+ "Jake Gyllenhaal and Tom Sturridge will make you cry in 'Sea Wall/A Life'"
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August 8th, 2019
"The writing in these separate monologues is excellent, as are the solo performances, but this is no show to see on a first date."
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